Monday, October 1, 2012

snatching gold chains and other valuables of female commuters in the ladies comparments of Mumbai’s suburban trains over the past 12 years.

Cops nab notorious chain-snatcher


The Kurla Government Railway Police (GRP) on Friday nabbed a 26-year-old woman for snatching gold chains and other valuables of female commuters in the ladies comparments of Mumbai’s suburban trains over the past 12 years.
“We have arrested Yasmin Pasha Sheikh and recovered two mangalsutras from her,” said Shivaji Dhumal, senior police inspector of the Kurla GRP, and added that her associate, Sayarabi Sheikh, had been arrested as well.
Yasmin, a bar dancer who later turned to chain-snatching, has previously been involved in burglaries at Antop Hill. Several cases of robbery and theft have been registered against her at Kurla, CST, Thane, Borivali and Wadala GRP stations as well, said Dhumal.
According to the police, Yasmin dropped out of school after Class VII in order to make ends meet. While looking for a job, she met a woman named Brahma who got her a job as a bar dancer. However, when the state government imposed a ban on bar dancing in August 2005, she was out of work again. This was when Yasmin met Reshma Ansari, a chain-snatcher who suggested that she take up the profession herself.
Yasmin, who thought this was a good idea, started wearing a burkha to protect her identity and stealing gold chains, cell phones and other ornaments from female commuters travelling by the city’s suburban locals, making a killing during the morning and evening peak hours.

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